Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
To a large mixing bowl, add the ginger, maple syrup, molasses, apple sauce, and vegan butter. Mix well using a hand held mixer.
In a separate medium mixing bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Mix well.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until ingredients are incorporated. Toward the end, it may work best to use your hands, as the batter gets quite thick. Form the dough into a ball.
Taking Tablespoon-sized scoops of dough, form into round balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass or small dish. Sprinkle a small amount of granulated sugar on top of each cookie.
Bake for 12-14 minutes in preheated oven. Let cool on a cooling rack.